Monday 29. February, 2016

Aussie Voters Against Legalisation of In-Play Betting

Leaked poll data has indicated that not only are Australian voters largely against the legalisation of in-play betting, but many prefer the current online gambling laws to remain as they are or become stricter.

The results of a Crosby Textor poll commissioned by the Liberal/National government were published by The Australian on Sunday. The poll showed that 35 percent of voters would be less likely to vote for the coalition in the upcoming federal election if they legalised online in-play betting. Only ten percent said that if the laws were relaxed they would be more likely to vote for the coalition.

Thirty three percent of voters said they would be more likely to vote for the coalition if the current online gambling laws remained the same or were made more stringent to close the loopholes that allowed Australian-licensed online bookmakers to offer in-play betting legally. An impressive 73 percent of voters said they feel the government should more strictly enforce gambling laws with totals bans or fines, while only 15 percent were against. Sixty five percent want to see the government close loopholes and make in-play betting explicitly illegal, while only 18 percent were against.

One federal minister said that the poll results clearly show that the public is looking for tighter gambling controls.

“The idea of watering down online gambling laws and allowing high-volume online in-play sports betting – turning every mobile phone into an online poker machine – is not politically smart at any time, let alone an election year,” the minister stated.

He went on to say that there was no positive outcome in the government helping “greedy” sports groups or “a couple of UK or Irish bookies make more money.”

The government’s proposed reforms to online gambling laws is set to be released in a few weeks.


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